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Rambler said () (edited )

They do this every once in a while. I recall them doing this some years back in NYC.

Similar to military trainings done in cities. Remember the training in Miami almost ten years ago? https://incogtube.com/watch?v=j1BhRNfY1lo . This was in LA more recently: https://incogtube.com/watch?v=cISSyQkm1Ug There are many other examples from other cities over the years as well. It's not exactly uncommon.

Easier than building mock cities to train in urban, at home environments but still scary to witness and always has people wondering, "What if..."

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Rambler said ()

Encourage them to come here.

The .win community obviously has a more sleek design, but they don't do much in terms of privacy from what I recall. Call me when they allow access through alternative networks and work properly without javascript or 3rd party elements embedded into their site.

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Rambler said () (edited )

While reading about this earlier I was shocked to learn just how common Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp is for everyday communication between friends, family and relatives. In some parts of the world, the vast majority of communication is now done on these platforms, all under the same umbrella.

So while I hate Facebook, it's just bizzare to me how in some areas of the world it's used predominately for their chat apps / messenger for important communication.

Like, maybe get your grandma's phone number and call her or send your girlfriend a text message.

EDIT: And from a sysadmin perspective, it always makes you feel a bit better when things like this happen. If companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Playstation, etc can have widescale outages that impact millions of users/customers then it makes you feel a bit better when you goof up something relatively small that only impacts a handful of people.

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Rambler OP said () (edited )

Unsure. I own a small business that does a lot of crypto payments but there isn't much I can do for our fiat holdings. Our biggest operational costs I pay in crypto each month but still have to keep money in the bank and transfer funds from PayPal and Stripe on a regular basis.

I still claim and account for all crypto stuff to keep Uncle Sam happy and to keep things legal, but the $600 bank thing is so comically dumb that you'd think they forgot a couple of zeroes.

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Rambler said () (edited )

I've not really followed Dark Web news / drama / happenings outside of what maintainers of code like Tor, I2P, etc actually publish and of course they never comment on things like this. Just bug fixes, improvements, plans, and discussion about the network itself and not the content on it.

So what's the consensus on this guy? A Fed? Lucky? Too smart to get caught so he's back to do it 'right'? I had never heard of AlphaBay until recently when I saw on /r/i2p that the site was supposed to be on the I2P network this time instead of Tor. Is that true?

And yeah, Thai prison isn't anyplace a foreigner would want to wind up... South East Asia isn't really a place anyone should go to fuck around with drugs or anything trafficking related. Your stay at the "Bangkok Hilton" isn't going to be very comfortable.

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Rambler said ()

Thanks. I'll always support free speech, even speech I disagree with. I've looked at replacing Ramble with a new platform entirely, as Postmill is a nightmare to work with and modify. Downside to that is that it wouldn't be possible to import current users and data to the new platform in any realistic fashion without paying someone to develop an import tool but the upside being a site that is more easily adjustable to our needs.

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Rambler said ()

No idea, I just wanted to chime in that it's absolutely ridiculous for an organization or company to require vaccination of members who do not interact directly with other members of that organization.

Such as remote work or online schooling. If you're working from home or studying from home, I don't see how they can require it as you pose no risk to others in that organization.

Good luck.

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Rambler said ()

This.

But I'll enable the feature if someone wants to create a new one. I'd leave it open but I'm not around enough to feel comfortable doing it, because people will create dumb shit and post it on other sites trying to get this place shut down.

Last time I pitched the idea for asking for community help running this place, people acted like I was personally inviting spooks to help moderate stuff.

So it's sort of a lose lose from a management perspective. I'd like to see this place be more active but the reality is I'm just one person and run a business and work a regular part time job and try to do that while balancing a normal life.

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Rambler said ()

To be fair, if you're the type of person who may draw any amount of attention to yourself then it's really up to you to use the tools made available to you to keep yourself private.

Sounds like they didn't utilize the onion service. Sounds like they didn't do enough on their own to protect themselves.

While I know this looks bad for ProtonMail, the reality is that service providers aren't investigative units and can only share what information you give them to share when given a lawful order to do so.

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Rambler said ()

Click with caution.

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Rambler OP said ()

What YouTube has that others don't is content. I can't use any alternative as a daily-driver like I can with YouTube. Can't find the music I want, obscure videos on how to replace a random part on an old Mercedes car, or reviews on solar inverters or stand up comedy bits, etc.

The alternative platforms seemingly only shine in hosting content that YouTube doesn't allow. Unfortunately, until they also host content that YouTube does allow they'll never be a normal, mainstream alternative.

So that's why I use Invidious, to at least watch the content that I do like (hosted on YouTube) in a more private way.

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Rambler said ()

Why use VPN when connecting to Lokinet? Is it even necessary?

It's just always on. It's how I block ads, trackers and other BS on the clearnet. Since all of that blocking is at the DNS level, it was a major inconvenience to switch to Lokinet to just idle in IRC or check out stuff on the network.

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Rambler OP said () (edited )

Reply to comment by BlueHat in Yggdrasil site is working again by Rambler

Yeah, the provider that hosts the site now did planned maintenance on a VPS node. I got the email three days prior, but didn't read it. -_-

Anytime the server gets rebooted it's usually down a long time because I have to connect to it and enter the encryption passphrase to unlock the storage. I have a monitoring alert setup but emails don't wake me up. This causes things that'd normally take the site down for a minute or two to last hours as the server remains 'on' but inaccessible since it's not fully booted until I do my part.

With that said, I'm moving the site to it's final home in the coming month. I own a small web hosting company, and we got hardware going online in the Netherlands within the next couple of days. We own our own IP space and am just waiting for it to be announced at the DC before we can start setting stuff up. Give me a couple of weeks before I get around to getting ramble moved over. All existing points of access should continue to work without having to do any readdressing (Tor, I2P, Yggdrasil and obviously the clearnet)

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